September 27, 2016

1st Grade Self Portraits

Lesson stolen from the fabulous Cassie Stephens!  You can find her lesson here.

I changed it a teensy smidge ... we used our painted papers for their art smock instead of the background paper.

Thanks for the idea Cassie Stephens!
Hope you like our version!

September 20, 2016


Most of my elementary classes start with a prayer.  I borrowed this prayer years ago from another art teacher friend, 

I now prepare to open my heart,
to be creative and do my part.
I offer my talents,
I'm ready to start.
Thank you God, for the gift of art!

and had it typed up on an activeboard slide for the kids to read and memorize.  This past spring my computer was having so much trouble that I could not keep pulling it up from the drive over and over again....soooo frustrating!! 

I considered making a poster, but one day when using my Silhouette Cameo and an idea was born ... post the prayer in vinyl in a place where all can see!

The hardest part was laying it all out...

It took several hours to adhere each word to the shade, but in the end, it's so worth it!! I love having it there permanently, and it's so inconspicuous (it's a grey color) it doesn't scream out at you either.

I just love using vinyl in the classroom.  I'd love to see some of your ways you use vinyl.  

September 17, 2016


Originally posted a few years back when I created it...this behavior tracking game has been resurrected this year after a few years hiatus.  The kids love playing, I keep everyone on the best art room behavior, and bonus, I can sneak in some art history!

You play with Candy Land Rules so it's easy for everyone to play. Just use post it notes for each class.  The reward for winning is a trip to the 'Treasure Box' which has $1 spot erasers and Spirit Monkey Spirit Sticks.

How do you track classroom behaviors with multiple classes?
Give me your thoughts in the comments!


August 12, 2016


Yes it sounds like  it should read: Fairy Tale Prince but really it's Prints.  As in printmaking.

These beauties were linoleum block prints created by amazing 7th graders.  Their theme was anything from a fairy tale.  Some choice a scene, some an object, others just a symbol.  And some were more cartoon character but hey, I don't say no!

Of course I'm completely biased and think that my son's is one of the best :)  It's Cinderella's slipper and he made it for his sister.  That makes it even better of course!

It hangs below her Disneyland souvenir frame in her room.

I love printmaking with Middle School and I'm always looking for ideas and suggestions.  Hit me up with your best!

~ Kristin

August 5, 2016


This is my third post on pieces of furniture I've painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  You can find the shoe shelf here and the nightstand here.

This summer I helped my mother redo a spare bedroom.  She had a sentimental attachment to this bookcase and didn't just want to give it to Goodwill.  I of course dragged it home to redo.


To fit my home, I really wanted to make it modern yet with the cottage feel.   For this I painted with Annie Sloan in Graphite.

Graphite isn't really a true black.  AS doesn't make a true black.  It's more of a blue grey.  Two coats will give you a beautiful dark blue grey, like a deep steel.  It's also easy to see where you didn't have the same amount of paint on your brush.

To get a deeper black use dark wax.  I used Folk Art Home Decor Wax in Antique.  Why not Annie Sloan? Because I was being cheap and this was $3.00 after my 60% off coupon at Michaels.  I knew I wasn't going to have a use for the entire container of AS Dark Wax.

Here's my opinion of the Folk Art Wax.  It was not anything like the consistency of the AS wax, very runny.  I used a foam brush to apply in even strokes.  It was frightening at first to see the paint turn brown, but after it sunk in it really turned more black.


 I really need to start wearing gloves....

I added a coat of Annie Sloan Clear Wax to protect and shine.

I used the Silhouette and vinyl to make the clock.

Here's the finished piece.

And I already know I'm going to store wine, linens and dinner type items on here as it is in my tiny dinning room next to the table.   It fits right at home with our eclectic style of furniture!

I'd love to hear your thoughts on chalk paint, waxes and finishes!

Happy painting!
~ Kristin